A leaking roof can destroy building materials, raise your HVAC bills, and lead to mold and mildew growth. While it may be easy to notice water dripping from above, you should also be on the lookout for more subtle signs you need roof repair. The guide below explores what to pay attention to.

How to Find a Roof Leak

1. Check for Roof Damage

Getting onto your roof is dangerous. However, you should keep an eye on its condition, especially after storms. Walk around the perimeter of your house at a distance to see if any shingles have blown off. Check the downspouts for shingle granules that may have washed into the gutters—an indicator that shingles are cracking or deteriorating and are no longer providing adequate water protection.

2. Visit the Attic

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Visit your attic every few months. Use a flashlight to inspect the underside of the roof for dark spots or visible gaps where daylight is shining through.

You should also check the insulation for deterioration. Wet materials will not be able to prevent heat transfer effectively, making it harder for your HVAC system to heat or cool the house. The moisture can also feed fungal colonies to pollute your indoor air quality. A roofing contractor will be able to remove the failing insulation to trace the path the water took to find the source of the leak.

3. Keep an Eye on the Ceiling

Periodically, take a look at your ceiling. Even if water doesn't drip down, water damage can cause paint to bubble or possibly even peel away. After the water dries, it will warp the surface and leave behind a yellow-brown stain. The earlier you spot such issues, the easier it will be to mitigate the damage.


If you need roof repairs, contact JW Roofing in Dayton, OH. With over 35 years of industry experience, this family-owned roofing contractor provides high-quality work for commercial and residential projects alike. From inspections to complete replacements, they have you covered. To learn more about their roof repair services or to request a free estimate, visit them online or call (937) 520-5201.